Oxford Jewish Thought

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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

A Passover Essay: Rashi commentary on the Haggadah in the supercommentary of Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson

BL Add MS 14762 (1430-1470) V'arbeh.pngBackground to the Rebbe’s Rashi commentary on the Haggadah


The supercommentary of the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, on the commentary of Rashi spans 1965 to 1989 and covered approximately 800 studies. The commentary was taught on every Shabbat when a farbrengen was held, resulting in the commentary being predominantly a commentary focused on the Pentateuch. The commentary, however, formally extended to two other areas: seven studies in Rashi on the Book of Esther, between 1965 and 1981, and, as we will discuss, three studies on the biblical passages recited in the Passover Haggadah. We will discuss how this third part of the Rebbe’s Rashi commentary developed, its duration, and a possible reason for its decline, … Read More »

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